Ginger Hallmark graduated from Auburn University with a BS and MS in Agricultural Economics with a focus on Economic Development. Ginger worked for five years as a grant writer for local governments. In 2011, she started Discovery Christian School, a homeschool cover school that is now serving over 250 families in the Auburn-Opelika area. In 2018, she helped launch The Oaks School. Ginger is passionate about creating a school culture where students feel loved and cared for, while being challenged to excel in their God-given strengths.
Ginger and her husband, Josh, pastor The Oaks Church and own a real estate company in Florida. She has four children who also attend The Oaks School.
With a background in music and theatre, Miss Joanna brings our K4 and K5 classroom to life with music and song! Students learn weekly Bible verses through daily practice with music and hand motions. Miss Joanna is an incredible phonics teacher and is passionate about helping children learn to love reading. She has one son Elijah and lives in Opelika.
Meet Cathy Wiggins, this will be Mrs. Cathy’s second year with us at the Oaks. She has taught for the last 25 years in both Russell County Schools and Lee County Schools. She is a graduate of Beauregard High School, received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University at Montgomery.
Cathy has been married to Carl Wiggins for 30 years. They are the proud parents of 3 children, Josie (16), Stewart (14), and Catherine (12). Her family has been active members of Providence Baptist Church for 36 years.
Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, swimming, riding 4-wheelers, riding their horses and camping. She also loves to bake. One of her specialties, pound cake, is a highly sought after treat. Cathy also finds great joy in volunteering to help those in need.
We love her so much and can't wait for her to teach our sweet first graders again this fall.
Ashley Jeffares is from from Reeltown, AL, where she graduated from high school in 2002. She attended Southern Union with a scholarship and then transferred to Troy University main campus where I received her B.S. in K-6 Elementary and Collaborative Education. She returned to Troy after her teaching career began and received her Masters in K-6 Elementary Education. Ashley taught at Beauregard Elementary for 11 years, teaching all subjects in 3rd grade. She and her husband, Tony have been married for 12 years. The Lord has blessed them with three beautiful, little girls, Kelsi, Klaira, and Kendall. She enjoys reading, going to the lake or the beach, and just being outdoors in general. Ashely will be teaching for her third year at The Oaks.
Sharon Harper graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She taught second and third grade at Eastside School in Chambers County, then homeschooled her children for a total of 16 years.
Sharon lives in Notasulga, Alabama, has five children and six grandchildren. Her family and attends First Baptist Church Reeltown where she is the church pianist, and also teaches first and second grade Sunday School. Mrs. Sharon enjoys spending time with family and friends.
This will be her second year teaching at The Oaks, and we are fortunate to have her as a part of The Oaks Family.
Introducing Amanda Jones! Amanda is originally from Beauregard and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Auburn University. She and her husband moved to Warner Robins, GA, where she taught public school for 3 years. There, she earned her Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Walden University. She and her family moved back to Auburn 11 years ago. She has homeschooled her 4 daughters for 4 years and is excited to be joining The Oaks! She will be teaching Algebra 1, 5th grade math, and 6th grade math.
Addie Hill is from Jasper, AL where she graduated from Walker High School in 1997. She attended Auburn University and graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in secondary education, English and Spanish in 2001. She taught Language Arts at Drake Middle School from 2002 to 2011. Addie and her husband, Brandon, have been married for fourteen years and have three amazing children, Holden, Scarlett and Wylder. She enjoys running, oil painting, and reading. She looks forward to exploring, learning, and growing in Christ with your children this year!
Doug pursued a career in education after retiring as an officer in the Army. His bachelors and master’s degrees are from the University of South Carolina and LSU, respectively. He has experience teaching at the high school level and has served as an academic dean for a private school. Doug currently teaches history at Southern Union Community College. He and his wife Charissa live in Dadeville and have three kids: two sons Tyler and Cody and daughter Launa. We are also excited about having Doug’s daughter Launa at The Oaks School. Doug has also been a great help with our accreditation through the AISA and Cognia.
Kellie Heidt will be teaching Middle School math and High School language arts this year. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in International Studies and German. Kellie spent 25 years as a military wife while her husband served in the US Navy as an F 18 pilot. They have lived and traveled in many places, but now call the Auburn/Opelika area home. She has two precious children, William, 22, and Caroline, 17. Through the years, Kellie has taught different subjects in numerous Co-ops and Classical Conversations. She enjoys travel, reading, and spending time at Lake Martin.
Charissa Reynolds is a mother of 2 adult boys and 1 daughter. She is blissfully married to Doug Reynolds. Graduate of San Diego state with a BS in Health Science, Minor in Geriatrics. ADN. Graduate of Army school of Protocol. She has been involved with education for 23 years. While traveling with her Military family, she taught Conversational English, Cultural studies, Resilience training, grief counseling and social and dining Etiquette. She was a Co-op homeschool teacher for Biology, chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, speech and Cultural/ Sociology studies. She has enjoyed being a high school College/ Career counselor for the past 5 years.
Rosalyn Johnson is excited to be teaching geometry at the Oaks School. Rosalyn received a B.S. in education from Auburn University and M.S. in education from Troy University. She has taught multiple grade levels in a variety of subjects in both private and public schools during her thirty-five year teaching career. She is thrilled to bring her passion for integrating God into her teaching of geometry. She is student oriented. She teaches the whole class while using a variety of teaching strategies to teach individual learning styles. She believes we are all created equal, but she is extremely glad that we are not all the same. Rosalyn enjoys spending time with her family, celebrating all things Auburn, training horses, and traveling.
Meet Emma McCaghren (sounds like McCathren)! Emma is originally from Columbia, South Carolina where she graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015 with a Middle Level Education degree. She worked in Columbia for four years teaching 6th grade English. She moved to Auburn in 2019 and taught 7th grade English for two years. She is currently working on her Master’s degree from Auburn in English Education. She married her husband, David, in 2019. She loves spending time with family and friends and taking her dog, Miller, on walks through the neighborhood. She is so excited to start her journey at The Oaks School teaching 6th-8th grade English and History.
Matt is is from Phenix City, AL and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Matt played football at Auburn and played Arena Football for five years professionally. He recently served as the Assistant Athletic Director, Head Basketball Coach, Head Baseball Coach, and Offensive Coordinator at Southern Prep Academy, while also teaching history. Matt is excited about building the sports program at The Oaks!
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